East Union punctuated an impressive week of soccer with a 5-1 drubbing of visiting Oakdale on Thursday. This followed a dominating 7-0 effort against dangerous Weston Ranch.
The Lancers (2-0-2 Valley Oak League, 5-1-3 overall) overcame a lackadaisical first half and erupted for all of their goals over the final 40 minutes. Oakdale (2-2, 5-9-1) broke the ice with Mike Adian’s first-half goal.
“We played a terrible first half,” said East Union coach Victor Polanco. “Oakdale played good, but then we started to connect our passes together and I think that got them tired in the second half.”
Oakdale let East Union get back in it with an own goal just five minutes into the second half. Alfredo Solorzano punched in the go-ahead in the 52nd minute, and it was all Lancers from there.
Scott Fisher went on to score twice, while Jordan Kron capped the barrage in the 66th minute.
Sierra 5, Kimball 1
The Timberwolves (2-1-1, 6-2-3) tested their depth as four normal starters sat out the entire match. They got good results, especially from little-used striker Caleb Ngui and back-up goalkeeper Julian Semenza.
Ngui expanded Sierra’s 2-0 halftime lead by scoring three goals in a 16-minute span, and Semenza nursed a shutout into the 70th minute when he was replaced. Juan Acosta and Jesus Rodriguez each added a goal.
“We used a different mix of players due to some injuries and had some real good success,” said Sierra co-head coach Bret Parham. “Caleb has played a little bit, but when we went to him off the bench he was on fire right away.”
Ripon Christian 9, Turlock Christian 1
The Knights (2-1-1, 6-2-2) had eight different goal scorers — starting with Kyle Van Vuren’s two in the 13th and 16th minutes — in their most decisive win of the season.
Others contributing to the score were: Jon Vander Molen, Jeremy Sonke, Danny Vander Molen, Joon Kim, Christian Manes, Kyle Colyn and Dan Choi.
Sierra 4, Kimball 1
Cesar Martinez accounted for all four of the Timberwolves’ goals. Armando Chavez and Christian Montes shared goal-keeping duties in a near shutout, while Jesse Semenza, Carlos Gonzalez and Jesse Garcia provided solid defensive play.
East Union 2, Oakdale 1
The Squires edged Oakdale thanks to goals from Gerardo Romero and Angel Franco.